US sub sails under polar ice cap, Dodgers win over Giants, August 9, 1958

Mark of the Hawk movie ad


he nuclear submarine Nautilus crosses beneath the polar ice cap and surfaces near Greenland … The U.S. plans to withdrawn 2,000 Marines from Lebanon … And U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold proposes a peace plan for the Middle East … 

On the runover, Cmdr. W.R. Anderson describes the ice cap:

"At that point the ice, on the average, is in the neighborhood of 10 to 15 feet thick…..

"During the summer months it will have wasted away on the average of 2 to 3 feet by this time of year. In the winter that amount will grow back. Now, ice in the Arctic Basin is in motion. Frequently it is under pressure due to winds and currents. It piles up on each other and forms pressure ridges. You see many, many pressure ridges from the projections down from the ice. Those will measure 50 feet in draft. On some occasions they will measure considerably more."

Below, the Dodgers beat the Giants 6-3 in the Coliseum as umpire Shag (or "Swag" as we called him in this story) Crawford throws Walter Alston out of the game … and the Rams play the Eagle Rock Athletic Club and the Orange County Rhinos in a benefit game at the Rose Bowl.

Submarine commander describes historic 1958 trip by Nautilus Dodgers beat Giants at Coliseum 1958

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3 Responses to US sub sails under polar ice cap, Dodgers win over Giants, August 9, 1958

  1. MichaelRyerson says:

    Yeah, well actually the umpire’s name/nic was ‘Shag’ Crawford although ‘Swag’ does have it’s charms. Henry Charles ‘Shag’ Crawford started umpiring in the majors in 1956, had a twenty year career at that level and is the father of Jerry Crawford who started his big league umpiring career in 1976. But ‘Shag’ is good.


  2. Arye Michael Bender says:

    Curious, since I was completely unaware of ‘Mark of the Hawk’, I googled it. Seems that despite the lurid voodoo pitch, it was an earnest film about a new nation seeking independence from their colonial Brit masters. Curious for the times, it was filmed on location in Nigeria.
    I can imagine an audience expecting hyped horror and steamy jungle love on the ‘Dark Continent’ going in and coming out bewildered by having seen something political.
    I, of course, would have been lured in by the sight of Eartha Kitt in her prime. Alas (a Larry Harnisch term), I don’t think the picture remained in distribution long enough to reach Chicago.
    It also starred an actor of such inner dignity, Juano Hernandez, that only Morgan Freeman could match him today. Only coincidental that both men are Black.
    American film lost much by relegating people of color to mostly menial positions. Sidney Poitier (and others) helped lift the curtain to a much richer world for us all.


  3. Fitty Scent says:

    “And U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold proposes a peace plan for the Middle East…”
    How sad it is that fifty years later, the Middle East is hardly any better off…


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